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Cover crop termination timing key this spring

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Farmers will have to decide when to terminate cover crops this spring.

David Kleinschmidt at Progressive Agronomy Consulting says farmers experiencing dry conditions may want to terminate early…

“The bigger the cover crop gets, the more moisture it’s going to soak up.”  He says, “So, managing that cover crop to make sure that it’s not sucking up too much moisture to make sure we have a good germination for our cash crop as well.”

Illinois farmer Derek Martin tells Brownfield wet springs are more challenging because he typically plants “green” into standing rye…

“Temperature and rain are my biggest concerns, you know?

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